Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Marshall Five Months

Oh about three weeks ago Marshall turned five months old! I do at least prepare most of the post right around his change in month, I just can never make blogging a priority to actually put it all together any time near then.

Marshall was 26 inches long and weighed 16 pounds.

We tried baby food this month! He was really not a fan. Marshall tried rice cereal, sweet potatoes, squash, and carrots. Otherwise he eats around 30-35 ounces of formula (mixed with my frozen breast milk stash) per day. I officially stopped pumping at work at about 4 1/2 months and made it to just past five months old for breast feeding at night.

He woke up usually just once a night, but he did not sleep through the night at all. This was totally expected with all the new learning he had this month.

Marshall is very chewy, but still has no teeth.

He is basically smiley all the time. Even at daycare they said he is the happiest baby. Now he looks at the new kids and wonders why they are crying.

He is very determined and vocal when he wants things, but 90% of the time he is totally laid back. This has worked out really well this summer so we can still do a lot with Vander.

He has developed so many new skills! He is doing really well reaching for and grabbing things. He can pull on the music on one of his play gyms.

His core is getting really strong too. He can turn himself all around in the exersaucer. He is not quite sitting but getting close. He had a chance to try the umbrella stroller and totally rocked it.

He will roll over from tummy to his back. He thinks it is hilarious to do this when mommy has to put both him and Vander to bed when daddy is gone.

We had one really distinct time when he "worm crawled" and rolled over to a toy. He has done some pretty good scooting otherwise as well.

He is in nine month pajamas and 6 month clothes.

He has started enjoying peek a boo.

Marshall is getting very into Vander and enjoying watching what Vander is doing.

He is already a ham for the camera (I train my kids well!). He also loves being tickled and of course being sung to.

Another great month and he has already changed so much!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Marshall: Four Months

(Let's just expect that I will always be late with Marshall's posts!)

Marshall turned four months old on the Fourth of July!

Our little Marshmallow is officially 26 inches long (82%) and 14 pounds 11 ounces (44%). He is maintaining his longer, leaner profile.

He is wearing all 6 month clothes and jumped up to 9 month pajamas right before he turned four months old. Literally one night he suddenly didn't fit his six month footie pajamas anymore.

Marshall's sleep is pretty much the same as last month. Mostly he gets up just once a night, with a couple times of twice a night and a couple times with a 7+ hours stretch. He has moved up his bed time to about 8:00pm. He starts to get grumpy around 7:30pm. We wake him up for the day (during the week) around 7:20 and he takes two 2-3 hour naps.

His eating is about the same as last month as well. Marshall eats about every 2-3 hours with me and usually 2-3 4 ounce bottles at daycare. On the other side of things, he tends to spit up quite a bit (nothing that I am concerned with, I keep looking up reflux and he doesn't really qualify). We also give him major applause any day he manages to not poop on his clothes at daycare, ha ha.

Marshall still has no teeth, but I keep thinking we are really close! He chews on everything. That includes his pacifier, which he still refuses to actually use.

We still haven't seen much change to his eyes. I would guess they will be some version of hazel. He just started losing his hair though. It is all over his bouncy seat and he had a bald strip along the back of his head. At least his new hair has started growing back in already.

Marshall is such a smiley baby! He has turned out to be so easy going. Generally he will just hang out while we cook or play with Vander. He loves laying on a blanket or chilling in his bouncer.

He has started getting close to sitting on his own and loves to stand up. Squeaks loves his tummy time and can hold his head up 90 degrees very well. He he made a couple little attempts to push himself up with him arms.

Marshall also enjoys when you read books with him, sing or talk to him, and especially loves kisses.

His firsts this month included his first Rockies game, trip to the pool and trying out the exersaucer!

Love this little guy so much :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Marshall's Space Theme Nursery

I finished Marshall's nursery almost six weeks ago, but have not had a change to take pictures until recently.

After weighing several options of how to design the new nursery, we settled on a space theme. Even once we settled on that, we had to decide colors and what type of decor.

I think it turned out great!

We used the crib and glider from Vander's room. The room is painted Behr "Skyline Steel" which is a light bluish grey. It was exactly what I wanted. The bedding is a constellation design that is on the sheet, bed skirt, valance, and changing pad cover.

We used the same block letters as Vander's room. I found a paint that matched the bedding colors really well and made my own constellation designs that match the patterns on the bedding. This turned out awesome!

The last two things I did were commit to how to decorate this wall and complete the mobile. It is straight across from the door so I needed something that would fill up the wall well enough but I struggled to decide on prints I wanted. I found these on Etsy and used frames from IKEA. Dylan helped me do an excellent job of spacing them all out.

I also made this super awesome mobile. It is Harry Potter themed, using the chapter pictures from Sorcerer's Stone and Prisoner of Azkaban (the Chamber of Secrets images were very dark in color and a little too scary), that I put on star cut outs so it still fits the space theme.

We put together two Kallax shelves and put them as an "L" in the corner. I had wanted this to be a little bit more of a bench, but the vent for the room is on the floor in this spot, so I had to get legs to raise the shelves off the floor. I bought the cube storage ottoman to provide a step stool to get onto the shelves and for the boys to generally play with.

I am in love with the little Itty Bitty's from Hallmark. We officially have all of the Star Wars set and I rotate which couple characters are out. The pillow is from Pottery Barn.

For the main wall we put up a vinyl solar system in a dark grey. We also added a Death Star, which lead to our little bit of nerd theme to the room. Dylan helped make sure the planets were in order and spaced out relatively appropriately.

I found this perfect lamp at Target. It has a night light function, which is what we have it set to with the light switch since I still have night feedings. The adorable penguin has a little rocket on his back and came from one of my aunts. It is from the same collection as the sailor bear in Vander's room. 

For the closet, we did the same closet shelving system as in Vander's closet, but arranged differently since Marshall's closet is longer. I also took off the doors and put curtains in place instead. (This is clearly not a clean staged photo since there are a lot of not perfectly organized things).

The nursery turned out great! I love hanging out in there and I am glad I was final able to share it with you all!
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